The Changing Japanese-U.S. Relations

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Sixty years ago, Japan pulled off what was — until September 11th — the most devastating attack on American soil by a foreign nation. Now, as the United States sets its sites on a new enemy, terrorism, Japan has sent warships in support of the U.S. effort. This marks the first time since World War 2 that the Japanese military has been used to support forces engaged in combat. History has a way of running in cycles. Sixty years after Pearl Harbor, we'll examine the evolution of U.S.-Japanese relations and the direction they are heading in the decades ahead.


Steven Vogel, political science professor at the UC-Berkeley and editor of "U.S. Japan Relations in a Changing World";
Herbert Bix, history professor at SUNY-Binghamton and Pulitzer-prize winning author of "Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan"

This program aired on December 7, 2001.


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